February, Hive #5, Monochromatic Economy Blocks by Missriain

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Hi everyone!

For this month, I'm hoping you're make me monochromatic economy blocks, also known as square in a square blocks. 

I'm asking for four 6.5" blocks. Normally, I'd have you sew them together in one 12" block, but because I'm aiming for a rainbow gradient affect and want flexibility when arranging them, I'd prefer you send them as four separate 6.5" blocks. If you're comfortable trimming them up to 6.5", please do, but you can also send them untrimmed. :smile:

Intention:  I'm making a rainbow I-spy baby quilt for a gorgeously chubby baby named Blake. I made up a ton of practice blocks and arranged them in color order so you can see where I'm trying to go with this quilt.

Colors: I'm hoping for economy blocks that are monochromatic and read as mostly from one color family (i.e. a mostly red block or blue block), OR blocks that are made up of analogous colors, meaning colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Examples of analogous colors would be orange and red, or yellow and green. While I welcome neutrals to accent color, please avoid blocks of all neutral colors (i.e. all grey or all brown blocks), instead aiming for the ROYGBIV spectrum.

*I've found that having contrast between the different 'squares' helps keep the blocks dynamic even if they're mostly one color, so I recommend using a variety of lights and darks.

*I'd love if everyone could send me different colored blocks, meaning instead of making four green blocks, for example, maybe try two green, one red, and one yellow/orange. 

Fussy cut: For the center, I'm hoping for fun, modern fabrics that work in an I-spy context. Please don't limit yourself to 'boy' fabrics - flowers, animals, house hold objects, buildings, people, dinosaurs, rainbows, etc. - all of it is welcome!

Tutorial: There are LOADS of great economy block/square in a square tutorials out there, but I didn't find a great one for 6.5" blocks in particular. Therefore, I made kind of a dorky little tutorial using Flickr (not very sophisticated) that you can find here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/missriain/sets/72157640377363415/with/12247527615/

For anyone interested in trying paperpiecing, here is an excellent link:

http://www.craftbuds.com/square-in-square-quilt-block-paper-piecing-tutorial/

I'm personally a fan of paperpiecing, but I did find this block easy to do without it. 

In case my tutorial is hard to follow, Redpepperquilts has a great one, but her measurements are for 5.5" blocks, so I don't want to link to it and confuse you guys.


Let me know if you have any questions!

Xoxo Riain







Pictures

Lots and lots of test blocks, arranged in rainbow order.
Two example blocks

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Skynme
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Comments

Joke

Ooooh this is so pretty!

Skynme

This looks gorgeous!!! What a great quilt, he is going to love it!!!

True

Love this what an amazing quilt you will have in the end.

HawkFan

Great idea and I love the blocks you did!

Whatthebobbin

Pretty!

cally68

This is beautiful! I may have to steal this idea when I am queen for Hive #6

Terrysim

This is really amazingly beautiful. What a great twist on the economy block rage!

Drnic2c

Great block choice. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!

emptysea

Mine are in my studio - makes me want to do one of these, too!
xo M

Missriain

Thanks you guys!!!! I'm so excited about this quilt.

crimsonrabbit

I love an economy block! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt smile

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